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Off-Roading, Wildlife, Travel and of course Photography.

February 9, 2014 10:00 pm 9:57 pm
Surprised Gold Fish

Surprise!  Gold Fish For Sale at Diyatha Udyanaya 

November 1, 2013 11:27 pm
Elephants having a mud bath.

Elephants having a mud bath.

October 30, 2013 10:08 pm
Elephants at Uda Walawa.

Elephants at Uda Walawa.

October 23, 2013 3:30 am October 22, 2013 7:09 pm September 12, 2013 6:55 pm

Carting championship at palawatte speedrome. 

July 27, 2013 9:50 pm
Pied Kingfisher near Wasgamuwa NP entrance.

Pied Kingfisher near Wasgamuwa NP entrance.

July 26, 2013 11:42 pm
Vedda showing how to hold a bow.

Vedda showing how to hold a bow.

3:30 am

Maduru oya national park

We drove to Maduru Oya  from Wasgamuwa via Mahiyangana. Its about an hours drive. Roads is good . Entrance is on the left of Mahiyangana-Padiyathalawa road and is easy to miss. Park office is small compared to other NP’s but it seem they get very little visitors. On July 22nd we were the only visitors in the park. Guide we got was a capable tracker. Later we found out that he is descendant of the veddas. 


With the lakes and the mountains, views in the park are the most stunning for a park in a dry zone. Most areas has secondary growth and you could spot wildlife easy. We saw mostly elephants.  We saw two groups and around 5 ‘thani aliyas (lone males).   They seems to be bigger ,well fed and more aggressive than the ones we saw in Wasgamuwa.

There is an abandoned bus road which is perfect for 4x4 off road action. We ended the tour by visiting one of the Vedda settlements. More on that later.

p.s:  can you find the elephant in the pic? :)